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Plaxico Burress Can’t Picture Himself Pulling the Trigger and Shooting Someone

Plaxico Burress spent 20 months in prison after infamously shooting himself in the leg at a club in 2008. He was released in June, eventually signed with the Jets, and he enjoyed his finest game of the season Sunday — a three touchdown performance to beat the Chargers.

Even though Plaxico carried a gun into a Manhattan nightclub and shot himself, the wide receiver says he can’t picture himself ever actually using a gun to shoot someone.

“When I look back at it, I say if I was to get into a situation where I had to use my firearm, would I actually pull it and use it — return fire, or shoot? Just the thought of that just gives you goosebumps to think about it,” the Jets wide receiver said Monday at an anti-gun gathering in New York. “It was a false sense of security, because I can’t picture myself actually pulling the trigger and shooting somebody.”

It’s an interesting comment from Burress, and something you can view it in a few different ways. One, he could be saying the right thing for the purpose of manipulating public perception. Two, he could really mean that, in which case he might not be a bad person, but rather someone who did something extremely dumb.

Even though he’s been known to say some wild things, I’m sure he’d like us all to believe it’s the latter.

Plaxico Burress Says the Jets Offense Will Eventually ‘Go Through the Roof’

All it took was a win over the winless Dolphins for the Jets to get their confidence back.  Order has been restored in New York as the mouths of the 3-3 Gang Green are once again moving at a rapid pace.  Just over a week ago, reports surfaced that the Jets receivers were unhappy with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer’s system.  Almost immediately after, Derrick Mason was traded to the Texans.

Apparently all is well now with Mark Sanchez and company.  While one could argue the Jets offense has been so bad that they would be a 1-5 team without the high-quality play of their defense, Plaxico Burress envisions great strides being taken in the near future.

“The more we get comfortable, we start playing pitch and catch and I’m doing my thing out there, the offense is going to go through the roof,” Burress said on Wednesday according to The Star-Ledger. “It’s only a matter of time.”

Last we heard, Plaxico doing his thing meant dropping passes.  Whether it is the lack of aggressive play calling or the inability of New York’s passing game to execute, Mark Sanchez has not appeared to make significant strides in his third NFL season.  Dropped passes have not made things any easier.

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Plaxico Burress, Santonio Holmes Reportedly Questioning Jets Offense

As usual, nothing is copacetic with the Jets.  According to the New York Daily News, Plaxico Burress, Santonio Holmes, and Derrick Mason have each spoken with Rex Ryan to voice his concern about offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer’s system.  This should not come as a shock since the Jets offense has yet to take off this year.  Ryan’s love of speaking one’s mind is probably not helping matters.

It’s interesting that the players listed are all wide receivers.   Entering week five, the Jets had thrown the ball 62 percent of the time this season. Though they had been making an effort to throw the ball, they weren’t showing results.

Plaxico Burress went without a catch in week two; Mason only has 13 catches for 115 yards; and Santonio Holmes has been held to four or fewer catches and 60 or fewer yards the past four games.

Plaxico, despite his drops, has shown he can still make plays. Mason is not much of a difference maker. But Holmes is a playmaker, so you have to question an offense that has struggled to put the ball in his hands.

The Jets denied the report prior to Sunday’s game with the Patriots, but it’s easy to see where those players would have complaints. Rex Ryan was dissatisfied with the offense through four games and vowed to get back to the ground-and-pound style. New York threw the ball 26 times in Sunday’s loss to the Patriots and ran it 25 times. Maybe the problem has been Mark Sanchez all along, and the defense just isn’t good enough to carry them like it has in the past.

Parents of Athletes Who Should be Jailed for Giving Their Sons Awful Names

In 2008 startling news broke about a New Zealand couple whose daughter was taken away from them because of the name they gave her. At first it sounded unfair– I mean shouldn’t parents have the right to name their child whatever they want?

Then I saw the name and I immediately applauded the Kiwi legal system for its swift and impartial justice. The poor child who was receiving enough ridicule at school that she refused to divulge her name and asked only to be referred to as “K” was officially named … Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii.

According to the article the judge was taking a stand against parents who give their children outrageous names, and he even listed a few that have been banned by registration officials: Stallion, Yeah Detroit, Fish and Chips, Twisty Poi, Keenan Got Lucy, Sex Fruit, twins called Benson and Hedges, other children called Midnight Chardonnay, Number 16 Bus Shelter and Violence.

“Violence” seems ridiculous but my fiancee actually played basketball in high school with a girl named “Felon”, so I didn’t find that one as hard to believe as “Sex Fruit” or “Number 16 Bus Shelter” (I’m assuming that’s where the unfortunate child was conceived?).

Anyway, all this talk of crazy names got me thinking about the subsegment of society with the highest frequency of indescribably bad forenames: athletes.

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Plaxico Burress Reportedly Was Smitten with Rex Ryan’s Foot-Loving Ways

Plaxico Burress made the rounds as a free agent following his 18-month stint in prison for firing a gun inside a NYC club. The Steelers, Giants, and Jets showed interest, as did the 49ers. Burress ended up signing a one-year deal with the Jets where he’ll likely have a chance to start opposite Santonio Holmes. Not only were the Jets appealing because of the $3 million they’re paying him and the starting job they have available, but also because of head coach Rex Ryan.

Pro Football Talk reports that a source tells them that signing with the Jets was “all about Rex” for Plaxico. They say “Ryan sold Burress on the coach’s belief that Plaxico can get them over the top.”

That matches what Burress said about Ryan on Saturday before he signed his deal. “I think [Rex is] great. He stands behind his players, I think his players have a lot of respect for him and they play hard for him. … He’s a great coach, great personality. He seems like he’s always upbeat.”

Even though Plax reportedly had a good meeting with Tom Coughlin this weekend, the two notoriously had problems. Coughlin is a disciplinarian who fined Plaxico around 50 times when he was with the Giants. That wasn’t the type of coaching style Burress wanted, so instead he’s going to the other New York team where a players’ coach is in charge.

Once again we’re seeing how Rex Ryan’s personality has won out. He’s creating a reputation as a coach for whom athletes are dying to play, and that gives the Jets a huge advantage in recruiting free agents.

Michael Vick: Plaxico Burress Would be ‘Great Addition’ for Philadelphia Eagles

One former prison inmate, Michael Vick, would like another prison inmate to join his Philadelphia Eagles. In a radio interview with Anthony Gargano and Ike Reese on 610 WIP in Philadelphia, Vick said he would want Plaxico Burress to join him on the Eagles when he’s released from prison.

“It would be a great addition for our team,” Vick said. “I think with the guys we have now I think we can fit him in and make it work. Obviously the ultimate goal at the end of the day is to put that ring on your finger at the end of the year.

“I think certainly Plaxico is going to come out with a chip on his shoulder the same way I did and he’ll go out and help this football team to whatever capacity he can.”

The Eagles would not be the first team to consider signing the former New York Giant standout, however, signing the talented yet troubled receiver would be the wrong move.

Plaxico has not caught a pass in an NFL game since November 16, 2008. He’s 33 years old and the Eagles already have dependable dynamic receivers in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Why take a chance on a guy who ruined the Giants by bringing a gun to a club and having it go off? Why take a chance on a guy who was widely viewed as a flaky teammate? Maybe because the same could have been said about Michael Vick when he left prison, but Vick has proven he’s changed. Will Plaxico show the same remorse and character development? We will find out, but there’s little doubt at least one team will be willing to take a chance..

Baltimore Ravens Would Consider Adding Plaxico Burress

After seeing receivers Anquan Boldin and T.J. Houshmandzadeh drop key passes in Baltimore’s playoff loss to the Steelers, it appears as if the Ravens are desperate for receiving help. This concept is nothing new for the Ravens who have spent the past year trying to upgrade their receiving corps. They traded for and signed Anquan to a big deal. They signed T.J. after Seattle cut him. They convinced Derrick Mason to come back after the veteran was considering retirement. They used to draft picks on receiving tight ends — Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson. Their efforts resulted in a passing attack that ranked in the middle of the league in both yardage and touchdowns. Needless to say, they’re not satisfied.

The Baltimore Sun reported on Monday that Ravens coach John Harbaugh would consider adding Plaxico Burress when he’s released from the penitentiary. Prisoner Plax is serving a sentence for bringing a gun into a club that went off and shot himself in the leg. Even before Wyatt Earp’s gun-toting ways became a problem, he was a questionable character.

Now just because the Ravens would consider Plaxico doesn’t mean they are signing the man. Actually, it really seems like the idea was floated by a reporter and Harbaugh gave his response. “I don’t know Plaxico Burress at all, I’ve never met him, but we’d consider him.” Harbaugh said Monday. “We’d consider anybody. It just depends on where he’s at. I’d like to find out what kind of person he is, to see where he’s really at in his life.” So don’t get too carried away with this, but it does show how desperate the Ravens could be to improve their passing game. After seeing what happened Saturday, it’s little wonder why.